What makes us stand out from the rest?
There is much more to our drama schools than classes in singing, acting and dance. We encourage our students to take part in our extra curricular and social activities as much as possible. Students gain skills and enjoyment through participating in these opportunities.
Anna Fiorentini Agency
The Anna Fiorentini Agency is recognised in the industry for nurturing the careers of some of London’s most up-and-coming talent. Agent, Rhiannon Mosson works closely with the students and their families and introduces them to casting directors, producers and directors in the industry. Anna Fiorentini Agency clients have secured roles in all areas of the professional industry including, EastEnders, The Revolting World of Stanley Brown, Hank Zipzer, Top Boy, Song for Marion and the West End’s The Lion King, Matilda the Musical and Oliver! to name but a few.
Anna Fiorentini Oscar Night
This is a great opportunity for students to get dressed up and walk down their very own red carpet and maybe even collect an Oscar. Our Oscar nights take place once a year at each branch and start off with a presentation where students receive certificates for various categories. Students are then invited to stay for a disco and fun!
Fiorentini’s Got Talent
A chance for students to perform skills they may have learnt at our drama school and also skills they have outside the classes. Each branch of the Anna Fiorentini drama school has an initial heat. Finalists then have the opportunity to perform to a panel of celebrity and industry judges, as well as their family and friends. Past judges include, Joseph Marcell (Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Belinda Owusu (EastEnders and former Anna Fiorentini student), Kat B (MTV Base), Susie McKenna (Creative Director for the Hackney Empire), DeObia Oparei (Pirates of the Caribbean, Moulin Rouge) and Oscar Cariss (Head of Creative for ITV). Former Fiorentini's Got Talent winner, Jermain Jackman went on to win The Voice UK 2014.
Anna Fiorentini Theatre Trips
So many young people want performing careers, yet so few are able to see live theatre regularly. Of course expensive theatre tickets often prevent many young people enjoying this experience, however the Anna Fiorentini drama school tries to address this issue by organising theatre deals for their students and families. Students have been to see Legally Blonde, Shrek, Blood Brothers, Wicked, Mamma Mia! and the RSC’s Julius Caesar to name but a few. We also encourage our students to attend performances starring or directed by their teachers.
Anna Fiorentini Young Ambassadors
Our Young Ambassadors work along side the Trustees of The Fiorentini Foundation [registered charity no. 1140414] and are involved in the planning, marketing and executing of various fundraising events. They meet several times a term with the principal Anna Fiorentini and other members of staff/ mentors and are taught basic business and event planning skills. This is also an invaluable skill for any performer going into the industry.
We have an active role in the organisation and actions of the AF School & Fiorentini Foundation, and in exploring ways in which we can raise money.
Zoe Sadler, AF Ambassador
Anna Fiorentini Celebrity Endorsements
Since the drama school opened in 2001 we have received support from many famous faces, including Clive Rowe, Dani Harmer (Tracey Beaker/ Strictly Come Dancing 2012), Gaby Roslin, Joseph Marcell (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Kate Garraway (Daybreak), Michelle Collins (Coronation Street/ EastEnders), Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street) and Ashley Walters (Top Boy/ Small Island/ Bullet Boy) to name but a few. Many of these celebrities have continued to support the school and students and in some cases have attended workshops and performances as well as mentoring individual students.
“I am so pleased I am not starting out again in showbiz! The talent I saw from this school was superb. May all their dreams come true”
“When I came to see Anna’s Theatre & Film School I was absolutely blown away by the young and exciting talent we have in the East End of London”
Anna Fiorentini Qualifications
Students can apply to take an Arts Award whilst at the drama school. This is an exploratory assignment allowing students to research performance techniques, artists' and pass on their skills to others. The Arts Award is a recognised qualification and an addition to any young persons CV. To find out more about the Arts Award, please visit their website.
Students are given the opportunity to gain a LAMDA Qualification whilst at the drama school. They will work 1:1 with a LAMDA tutor before taking an exam in Acting (solo). Students of any age can participate and are mentored from Entry Level – Gold Award. The higher LAMDA grades also carry UCAS points.
The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) is one of the oldest drama schools in the UK and has a reputation of excellence in performance training. LAMDA has provided theatre and the world of film and television with first-class actors and drama practitioners.
LAMDA began offering speech examinations to the public in the 1880s. Since then, these examinations have been refined and developed into a comprehensive performance evaluation led by experts in education, acting and communication. LAMDA Examinations has a reputation for excellence across the globe and obtaining a certificate will go towards UCAS points when applying for University.
What is the point of LAMDA exams?
LAMDA examinations are designed to equip candidates, whatever their age or aspirations, with a range of skills that will serve them throughout life.
Preparation for an examination can:
- unlock the imagination and creative-thinking
- develop communication skills
- refine technical skills and artistry
- promote team-working.
The examinations themselves provide candidates with an opportunity to:
- measure progress against an international standard
- make contact with expert practitioner examiners outside the immediate teaching environment
- build self-confidence and self-esteem
- acquire skill certification for career development
- receive critical appraisal and guidance for future development.
What exam would my child be taking?
We would be entering our students for the LAMDA Acting exams. Grades: Entry Level, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5. Your LAMDA Tutor will advise you on which Grade would be best for your child depending on their abilities and will come to the school each week to prepare your child for their examination. The tutorial fee is separate to the Anna Fiorentini School fee and the LAMDA examination fee. The weekly tutorials usually work out at £6 a week. This is subject to change.
What would preparation for the exam involve and what is my role as a parent?
Your child would need to learn two monologues; one from the LAMDA anthology, and one of their own choosing. They will receive weekly tutorials from a LAMDA tutor visiting the school, but will also need to practice their pieces at home. As a parent, you would be expected to ensure that your child learns their pieces off by heart and is practicing regularly. You can provide them with an 'audience' so you are able to offer informal feedback and advice on their performances.
When and where will the exam be?
The date of your exam will be given to you prior to tutorials; confirming your availability.
They will be held at LAMDA, 155 Talgarth Road, London, Barons Court, London, W14 9DA.
What happens in the exam?
Your child would be asked to introduce and perform both their monologues in front of the examiner. They would then be asked questions about their pieces and have a brief conversation about their interpretation of the pieces.
What are the marking criteria?
Aspects of performance which are of particular interest to the examiners are:
- Using the space of the stage effectively during the performance
- Use of body and movement to express feeling
- Voice projection and intonation
- Creating an imaginary world around the character (eg. Environment, other characters on stage etc.)
- Being able to discuss the character, how they are feeling, how they are reacting, why you have made the performance choices that you have.
What is the cost of the exams?
Exam costs are set annually by LAMDA and will be notified to you before you commit to the exam.
There will be additional costs for specialised LAMDA tuition. This is offered at each branch once a year and you will be notified in the weekly letters when it is available. If you would like to enter your child for an exam, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7682 1403.
Anna Fiorentini Stars in their Eyes
Although we encourage students to create their own individuality and identity rather than copying other artists, the Stars In Their eyes competitions always create a lot of fun and give students the opportunity to explore what skills and techniques their inspirations use. Our Stars in Their Eyes competitions give students the freedom to create a character through song, which can also enhance their confidence.
Anna Fiorentini Voice Idol Competition
This is a great competition for students to enter if they want to explore a range of singing styles. Each week in a Voice Idol term, the singing class will study a particular genre. Each time they get through a round students are given a different genre to study for the following round. For the final they will have to perform two contrasting styles of their choice.